Saturday, May 12, 2012

Foreshadowing and Flashback in the LOTF


Foreshadowing of Death:

  • Jack hesitates to kill the pig and it gets away.
“Next time, there will be no mercy”(31).
→Next time there will be death.

  • LOTF’s conversation with Simon.
“I’m warning you…So don’t try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else−”(144).
→ Simon’s death

  • Storm before Simon’s death
“The hunters were looking uneasily at the sky, flinching from the stroke of the drops”(151).
→ catastrophe of murder/chaos.

  • Nearly killing Robert (114-115)
“The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (115).
→Simon’s death

  • “Colors drained from waters an trees and pink surfaces of rock; and the white and brown clouds brooded”(145).
→ Death

  • Simon’s death
→Other deaths

Foreshadowing of Rescue:

  • Parachutist landing on the island (95).
→ If someone could land on their island, they could be rescued.

  • Simon’s converstaiton with Ralph
“ I just think you’ll get back all right” (111).
→Simon will die; Ralph will get rescued.

Foreshadowing of Trouble and Disorder:

  • Fear of Beastie
“ ‘As if this wasn’t a good island,’ said Ralph slowly” (52).
→Trouble on the island

  • First fight between Ralph and Jack; Shelters Vs. Hunting (53)
→Disorder on the island

  • When Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric don’t light the fire before they go to bed (164).

→ The fire represents order and civilization, so with the fire out, there would obviously be disorder.

Foreshadowing the evil emerging in Jack and Roger:

  • Roger throwing a rock at a littlun.
 → Roger will be evil; kills Piggy with rock.

  • Jack recommending using a littlun for the reenactment of hunt (115).
→Jack will be rutheless


  • It rained when they came.
“I don’t like them clouds.  Remember how it rained just after we landed” (147).

  • When Ralph blew the conch at Castle Rock in chapter 11, it reminded him of the first time.
  • “The forests re-echoed; and birds lifted, crying out of the treetops, as on that first morning ages ago” (170).
  • “Ralph remembered the ungainly figure on a parachute.  ‘He said something about a dead man.’  He flushed painfully at this admission that he had been present at the dance” (162).
  • “It was different when the fire was−” “− up there.” (164).
  • Nostalgia and flashback of Dartmoor (164).
  • “ Do you remember how he went hunting and the fire went out and a ship passed by?” (170).
Samar Al Ansari

Grade 11.5

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